Asbestos exposure in the workplace can be extremely harmful to workers. Such exposure can sometimes even result in a worker developing cancer. Thus, it is very important for companies to not engage in conduct which results in workers suffering asbestos exposure.
Exposure to asbestos has caused devastating injuries and even death for thousands of people. There have already been payments from insurers on such personal injury and wrongful death claims in North Carolina and nationwide which have totaled $51 billion to date. The insurers covering relevant claims set aside another $23 billion for pending and anticipated claims. Now a report from an insurance industry rating firm has indicated that claims are actually likely to ultimately cost an additional $11 billion on top of that.
Long after a mine or company has closed down, those that contained or manufactured asbestos continue to put residents in the area in danger. Whether they improperly disposed of unsold or unused asbestos or their cleanup efforts fell short of expectations, there can still be a risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.
It should not be a huge surprise to property owners that they are responsible for maintaining a safe and hazard-free space. Property owners in North Carolina and elsewhere can garner civil penalties in a premises liability lawsuit if hazards on their property harm another person.
We often discuss the dangers that asbestos exposure can have on victims on this blog. The risks of asbestos have been known for decades, yet people are still developing illnesses and dying from other people's negligence with using the fiber in products. In many cases, victims have been able to file product liability claims against manufacturers who are held responsible for the damage that their products can do to consumers.
While federal regulations have limited employees' ongoing exposure to toxic asbestos in the workplace, the impact of earlier laxity lingers on. In North Carolina and elsewhere, asbestos exposure still is a killer causing wrongful death and devastating illnesses including cancers and respiratory ailments.
People across the country have been affected by the recent devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused. Besides the power outages and flooding that is still affecting residents immediately, some people may be facing consequences of the hurricane decades from now. According to recent reports, Hurricane Sandy has swept up and destroyed many buildings containing asbestos, which may put residents in danger of becoming exposed to the toxic substance.
A diagnosis of mesothelioma can be devastating for victims of the deadly disease and their families. Current medical resources cannot always identify the cancer early enough for treatment to be effective, so often times, mesothelioma patients pass away shortly after learning that they are ill. Many victims and their families may therefore shy away from taking legal action against the company responsible for conditions that caused the disease. However, a delay in holding companies accountable for their reckless actions may prove to be a costly mistake in the end.
Tracing back the source of exposure to asbestos after a person develops a devastating lung disease or cancer can be difficult. Often times, victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses have been exposed to asbestos in a number of environments and job sites. However, when a company is already facing a number of claims related to making or selling dangerous products containing asbestos, it may be a little easier to track for people who worked there or used their products.
A man is suing a number of companies for causing his mesothelioma by exposing him to asbestos. In an unprecedented move, one of the companies involved in the personal injury lawsuit asked the trial judge to grant an order authorizing the company to conduct an autopsy on the man, believing that he might die before trial.